New technique cuts radiation dose associated with abdominal CT scans
Washington: A new study has revealed that a new low-dose abdominal computed tomography (CT) technique can reduce the radiation dose associated with abdominal CT scans by 23-66 percent.
The new technique called adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) allows radiologists to reduce the noise in an image and improve image quality (like adjusting a TV antenna to make a "fuzzy" image sharper) while reducing the radiation dose.
The study, performed at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale included 53 patients who underwent contrast-enhanced abdominal low-dose CT with 40 percent ASIR.
All 53 patients had previously undergone contrast-enhanced routine-dose CT with filtered back projection (FBP).
The average dose reduction using the ASIR technique (compared to routine-dose CT with FBP) was 66 percent for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 20 and 23 percent for patients with a BMI of 25 or greater.
"A significant difference," said Amy K. Hara, MD, lead author of the study.
"The results of this study show that low-dose abdominal CT with ASIR is a viable technique with image quality that is nearly comparable to that of our routine dose techniques and is worthy of further study," said Hara.
The findings were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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